MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
3/1/2015 John Axford, P (Col), P
The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen.

Analysis: Axford, who agreed to a minor league deal last month, gets a $2.6 million, one-year contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. The 31-year-old right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year. In six major league seasons, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including 10 for the Indians last year.
3/1/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Analysis: Girardi said he'll announce Monday whether Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the spring opener.
3/1/2015 Dayan Viciedo, RF (Tor), RF
The Toronto Blue Jays have boosted their outfield depth, signing Viciedo to a minor league contract. The Blue Jays announced the deal Sunday.

Analysis: A few days earlier, Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp. Saunders had surgery and is expected to be out five to six weeks.
3/1/2015 Garrett Richards, P (LAA), P
Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions.

Analysis: Manager Mike Scioscia said that Richards would throw a bullpen session of 40-50 pitches and do some simulated work Sunday to prepare for fully fielding his position, weather permitting with rain forecast all weekend in the Arizona desert.
3/1/2015 Taijuan Walker, P (Sea), P
Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team's starting rotation.

Analysis: The 22-year-old with ace potential will start the team's Cactus League opener Wednesday against San Diego at the Peoria Sports Complex. Starting the first game of spring training is a big change from where Walker found himself a year ago when a shoulder injury sidelined him during the preseason.
3/1/2015 Derek Holland, P (Tex), P
Holland was scratched from the Texas Rangers' intrasquad game Sunday with a sore shoulder.

Analysis: Daniels says ''hopefully it is not anything outside of the normal spring soreness for a pitcher. He wants to throw, but we're going to take it from him.''
3/1/2015 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia), RF
Stanton was plunked by teammate Henderson Alvarez on Saturday.

Analysis: Stanton was taking part in a simulated game and should be OK.
2/28/2015 Ronald Belisario, P (TB), P
Belisario has fractured his non-throwing shoulder in a swimming pool accident and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Analysis: The Tampa Bay Rays said Saturday that Belisario will be sidelined indefinitely. The right-hander injured his left shoulder getting out of a pool in Venezuela last month. Belisario will be held out of on-field drills for at least two weeks. Belisario is a non-roster invitee competing for a bullpen job after going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the Chicago White Sox last season.
2/28/2015 Chris Sale, P (CWS), P
Sale has a fracture in his right foot and may miss opening day.

Analysis: The team announced Saturday that he's expected to be sidelined at least three weeks. Sale, who was injured in an accident at his home on Friday, had X-rays of his foot Saturday at a hospital in Glendale. He'll have more tests after the swelling goes down. The 25-year-old was 12-4 with 208 strikeouts and a 2.17 ERA last season, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
2/27/2015 Taylor Thompson, P (Oak), P
Thompson begins 2015 on the 60-day disabled list.

Analysis: Thompson has a right shoulder strain for the A's.
2/27/2015 A.J. Griffin, P (Oak), P
Griffin begins 2015 on the 60-day disabled list.

Analysis: Griffin is recovering from right elbow surgery.
2/27/2015 Ryan Perry, P (Det), P
The Detroit Tigers have signed Perry to a minor league deal, bringing the right-hander back to the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2008. Perry hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012, when he appeared in seven games for the Washington Nationals. He pitched for the Tigers from 2009-11.

Analysis: Perry received a $1.48 million signing bonus when the Tigers took him with the 21st overall pick out of Arizona in 2008. He is 6-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 156 major league appearances.
2/27/2015 Michael Saunders, RF (Tor), RF
Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team in five to six weeks. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Saunders might be back sooner than anticipated, possibly in mid-April.

Analysis: Saunders tore cartilage in his knee Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls on a side field at spring training. He was originally expected to be out until mid-July. The Blue Jays got Saunders in an offseason trade with Seattle and project him as a starter this year.
2/27/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Stripped of his job at third base, Rodriguez moved across the diamond and worked out at first base for the initial time with the New York Yankees.

Analysis: Rodriguez fielded grounders and took part in various drills including bunt defense Friday during New York's second full-squad workout.
2/27/2015 Brandon Moss, 1B (Cle), 1B
Moss is testing his patience this spring. Acquired in a December trade from Oakland to bring more power to Cleveland's lineup, the All-Star from last season has been making solid progress as he recovers from hip surgery.

Analysis: Both he and the Indians' training staff have been encouraged that he's ahead of schedule.
2/27/2015 Juan Pierre, LF (Mia), LF
Pierre has announced his retirement after a 14-year major-league career that included a World Series championship with the 2003 Florida Marlins.

Analysis: Pierre ranks 18th in career stolen bases with 614. He was a .295 hitter who finished with 2,217 hits. He batted .247 in 113 games with the Marlins in his final season in 2013. He announced his retirement Friday at age 37.
2/27/2015 Melvin Upton Jr., CF (Atl), CF
Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton's condition Friday after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam.

Analysis: Upton's foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The team said he will likely be able to resume baseball activities in early April, about the time the Braves are opening the regular season.
2/27/2015 CC Sabathia, P (NYY), P
Sabathia threw 41 pitches during his third bullpen session at spring training.

Analysis: The 34-year-old left-hander was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and didn't pitch after May 10. He had surgery in July. Sabathia said he will have another bullpen session before likely advancing to batting practice.
2/26/2015 Johan Santana, P (Tor), P
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors.

Analysis: Santana turns 36 in March. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years. Santana was in Baltimore's minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June. He's made just one appearance since then, retiring six straight batters in January in the Venezuelan Winter League. The four-time All-Star won AL Cy Young Awards with Minnesota in 2004 and 2006.
2/26/2015 Jayson Werth, RF (Was), RF
Werth is back on the field, just not 100 percent yet.

Analysis: Werth participated in outfield drills Thursday during the Nationals' first full-squad workout Thursday. But the left fielder was generally limited as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Werth had arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 9 to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder and was expected to miss 2-3 months.
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